Author’s note: This is a particularly fun story for me to share, as Kate is the COO/Integrator of my family’s 71-year-old commercial roofing company. I have been lucky to be one of its stewards for the last 26 years.
With the number one CliftonStrength of Learner and being raised in an entrepreneurial family, it’s not surprising that Kate has found her success at Mint Roofing.
“My passion for learning and all things business has served as motivation throughout my life,” says Kate. “Growing up, I had the opportunity to watch my parents start a variety of businesses. And as the ‘caboose’ of the family, I got hauled everywhere so I saw it all.”
Kate joined Mint Roofing (then Dalbec Roofing) in 2002 to replace her sister who worked at the front desk answering phones and providing general administrative support to the office. Kate had graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Parks and Recreation a few years prior, which made her a great fit for a roofing company where it often feels like a contact sport!
It became apparent rather quickly that she had the capacity to do a whole lot more. At the time, Mint was building a Preventative Maintenance Program that would (and does!) outshine ANY competitor. She jumped in and quickly took on the development and management of TopSite which would soon become a hallmark of the company.
“My dad passed away this past year, and I realize now more than ever that the real gift he gave me was the love of a challenge and hard work,” she says. Thanks, Mert. We owe you for that.
This was readily apparent as Kate saw even bigger things ahead for herself. Our long-time accounting/office manager was getting ready to retire, and Kate set her eyes on that position. She knew she didn’t have the right training or background for it, so she went back to school for her MBA. Remember...love of learning.
Upon completing her MBA, she moved into a corner office and became the new head of finance. And she hasn’t slowed down.
In 2012, Mint Roofing implemented EOS®. Within a few years, she had her sights set on becoming the Integrator (in more common terms, a Chief Operating Officer). Our goal of developing a smart and effective Leadership Team was working!
And in 2017, she did exactly what she set out to do: she became the Integrator. This allowed me to transition out of daily operations and begin my own EOS® consulting practice.
I have LOTS of stories I could share from the years of working with Kate, but she has lots of stories she could share, too, so it’s probably best to leave it at that. We’ve often joked about writing a book called something like, “You Can’t Make This SH*T Up.”
Some day, Kate. Some day.